James Kenneth Wither

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James Kenneth Wither

James Kenneth Wither

National Security Studies

Professor James Wither has been a faculty member at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies since 2000. Since 2008, he has been a member of the teaching faculty of the Program in Terrorism and Security Studies. Professor Wither holds an MSc in strategic studies, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), a BA (Hons) in history, and a postgraduate diploma in further and higher education. He also completed the basic and advanced negotiation workshops at Harvard University Law School.

Professor Wither is a retired British Army officer and former researcher in 20th Warfare at the Imperial War Museum in London. His research and teaching interests lie in the fields of warfare studies, international terrorism, national security strategy, and international conflict negotiations. He has taught at a variety of institutions including the FBI Academy, the UK Defence Academy, the NATO School, The NATO Centre of Excellence – Defence Against Terrorism (COE-DAT), The Geneva Centre for Security Policy and various staff colleges and military universities in Europe and Eurasia. 

Publications include book chapters, monographs and journal articles. The latter include papers for Small Wars and Insurgencies, RUSI Journal, Defence Studies, Global War Studies, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, European Security, Prism, Parameters and Small Wars Journal. Recent publications are listed below:

PTSS Virtual Global Alumni Community of Interest Workshop: The Impact of the COVID–19 Pandemic on Terrorism and Counterterrorism,” Marshall Center Perspectives, no. 20 (February 2021).

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Counterterrorism Practitioners’ Assessments,” Marshall Center Perspectives, no. 16, (October 2020).

Proxy Power,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  10, no. 3, (2020): 56-61.

The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Preliminary Assessment of the Impact on Terrorism in Western States,” Marshall Center Occasional Paper, no. 33 (April 2020).

Defining Hybrid Warfareper Concordiam: Journal of European Security and Defense Issues 10, no. 1, (2020): 7-9.

Back to the Future? Nordic Total Defence Concepts, Defence Studies, 20:1 (Jan 26, 2020): 61-81, DOI: 10.1080/14702436.2020.1718498.

Horror or Hype: The Challenge of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Terrorism,” (with Lasha Giorgidze), Marshall Center Occasional Paper, no. 32 (December 2019).

Svalbard: NATO’s Arctic Achilles Heel,” RUSI Journal 163:5 (December 2018).

Brexit and the Anglo-American Security and Defense Partnership,” Parameters, 48:1 (Spring 2018).

Modern Guerrillas and the Defense of the Baltic States,” Small Wars Journal (January 2018).

A Secure Brexit? UK Security and Defense and the Decision to Leave the European Union,” Marshall Center Security Insights, no.18 (May 2017).

Lessons from Great Britain,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  4, no. 1, (2013): 34-39.

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